After receiving a GURF Grant and a Dean’s Award for Summer Research from the Gallatin School of Individualized study and raising funds through an Indiegogo campaign, Joosje started shooting her film Heavy Feathers in the summer of 2015.
Joosje directed and starred in the film. Heavy Feathers tells the story of 18-year-old Myna (Joosje), a young girl who finds out that her father, who passed away right before she was born, might still be somewhere out there. She is eager to find out the truth about her past, but the truth is not easy to come by with a sister (Katherine Romans) who thinks a life in the dark is a better life, and a mother (Laura Lockwood) whose truth is a fairy tale she doesn't even believe in herself.
Cannes Film Festival | Short Film Corner | May 2016
Berlin Short Film Festival | July 2016
Mzansi Women's Film Festival | Winner Top 5 Shorts | August 2016
European Short Film Festival | October 2016
Orlando Film Festival | October 2016
Lone Star Film Festival | November 2016
Santa Fe Film Festival | December 2016
HollyShorts | Monthly Screening Series | April 2017
SoHo International Film Festival | June 2017